Cooling strategies, such as increased greenery and shading and the installation of water features to mitigate urban heat can increase comfort by 50-60 per cent.
Research led by UNSW and Sydney Water shows that western Sydney's summer temperatures can be significantly reduced and mortality rates halved by combining water technology, cool materials and greenery.
Designing sustainable cities of the future will be the focus of next week's CRC for Low Carbon Living’s annual participants' forum.
New research from the CRC for Low Carbon Living shows energy deprivation is becoming more widespread in Australia, with many households compromising health and wellbeing to pay energy bills.
Ducted air-conditioning and pools are the top culprits in high Sydney electricity bills, new research shows.